DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     July 7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 130


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Historical Events in Church Annals for July 7:

  • 664 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ethelburga,nun and abbess who was also known as Saint Aubierge. She was the daughter of Anna, king of the East Angles. She died in Faremoutier, France.

  • 739 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Willibald, son of the West Saxon king Richard and Saint Boniface's cousin. Willibald was the first Englishman to make a pilgrimage to Rome in 721 as well as Jerusalem in 724 and Constantinople in 730. Though captured by Saracens, he was eventually released and spent ten years at Monte Cassino in Italy. Then Pope Saint Gregory III dispatched him to Germany where Boniface ordained him and where he ruled as bishop for forty five years before his death at Eichstatt.

  • 1304 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Pope Benedict XI, 194th successor of Peter. Benedict was poisoned by eating a tainted fig placed in his dish by conspirators. He was born in Treviso and elected on October 27, 1303. During his one year pontificate he settled a difficult dispute with the king of France Philip IV, also known as Philip the Fair who wasn't exactly fair in his legendary disputes with Benedict's predecessor Pope Boniface VIII who considered the king a mortal enemy. Because he was a just and compassionate man, Benedict raised the ire of the unjust and those who felt they could do whatever they wanted to. This made him a a target of those he excommunicated, including Nagoret and his Italian accomplices who had done unspeakable acts in raiding Anagni. Because of the Pope's proper actions, he was bitterly persecuted by this group of sacriligeous dissidents and murdered.

  • 1456 A.D.
  • The French ecclesiastical court at Poitiers clear Saint Joan of Arc of all suspicion of heresy, allowing her to lead a crusade to retrieve the besieged city of Orleans.

July 7, 1999 WEDNESDAY       volume 10, no. 130


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